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A Worrying Lack Of Knowledge? - 783/2275
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th December 2006

As you may know , as well as attending a major event in Bristol , I have been out & about raising awareness of the impending Melksham service cuts.

I was struck by just how many passengers were unaware of this.

Re: A Worrying Lack Of Knowledge? - 783/2278
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th December 2006

Against all the other cuts (8 coaches off Cardiff - Portsmouth, etc) this is a small one (and a much cheaper one to reverse!).

Re: A Worrying Lack Of Knowledge? - 783/2283
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 9th December 2006

I went to get the 07.01 Chippenham to Bristol TM on Saturday 9/12/06, the nice station staff at Chippenham did let the customers know  over the PA that this train will not be running from next week and the first train to Bath/Bristol would be at 07.41.

I think if they put a Poster they would get to many people with complaints.  ;D

Re: A Worrying Lack Of Knowledge? - 783/2287
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 9th December 2006

It's always suprised me how few people knew of the service actaully existed.  It's mreo surprising that some on last nights train didnt know of the cuts.  Perhaps that was First's marketing plan - Don't tell anyone and hope they go away quietly.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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